In this article, we’re going to list off some of our favorite fitness trackers for various categories. These include: best overall, best for everday use, best entry level fitness tracker, best battery, best sleep monitor, best heart rate monitor, best value, and best fitness watch.
FitBit Charge HR
For most people, we feel that the FitBit Charge HR is the best fitness tracker on the market. It has all the major features, including basic tracking stuff like pace, distance, time, caloric burn, but then also includes sleep monitoring, a heart rate monitor (which greatly expands your stats and is something their close competitors don’t have) and they also have a beautiful OLED display and some smart phone notifications like caller ID. You’d think this would be an expensive piece of tech, yet it also is priced quite low and is actually very affordable. Oh, and did we mention the FitBit app is pretty solid as well?
Read our full FitBit Charge HR Review
Best For Everyday Use
You’ve probably seen tons of people wearing the FitBit Flex around at work, shopping, working out, everywhere! There is a reason the Flex is so popular, it is comfortable for everyday use, simple to use (except for charging it), has a lot of functionality including all the basic tracking and sleep monitoring, and it also uses the great FitBit app. If you just want a fitness tracker for everyday use (as in not for working out), our recommendation is the FitBit Flex.
Read our full FitBit Flex Review
Best Entry Level Fitness Tracker
If you are making your first fitness tracker purchase and are looking to enter the market on the low end, the MisFit Flash might be the perfect device for you. It prices in at under $50, can be worn as a bracelet or as a clip on, and it comes in 7 colors. The device includes the basic tracking you’d expect, like steps, distance, and calories, but then it also has sleep monitoring (something the other low end devices lack). The device is waterproof to 30 meters and has a six month battery life. The MisFit app is excellent, and they are even going to be adding Windows phone support.
Read our full MisFit Flash Review
Garmin Vivofit 2
If the number one feature you are looking for in a fitness tracker is battery life, look no further than the Garmin Vivofit 2 and its replaceable battery that lasts for a year or more. This basic tracker has features like tracking for steps, distance, calories, it lets you set goals, and has sleep monitoring . It has some features that the first Vivofit didn’t have, like an activity timer, backlight display, and auto-syncing. You basically can put this thing on and forget about it, at least until it reminds you to get up and move via the movebar that has audible alerts.
Read our full Garmin Vivofit 2 Review
Best Sleep Monitor
MisFit as a brand is kind of known for their sleep monitoring technology, so it should come as no surprise that their fitness tracker, the MisFit Shine, is our pick as the best sleep monitoring fitness tracker. The MisFit Flash has the same technology, just in a plastic design that is both lighter and cheaper. We’re loving MisFit for their affordable prices, great compatibility with various operating systems and apps, and for the great MisFit app.
Read our full MisFit Shine Review
Best Heart Rate Monitor
Mio is known for their excellent wrist based heart rate monitoring technology, and in fact the Mio technology is now being used in a lot of other fitness trackers. While other devices are similar to the Mio in their heart rate monitoring performance, our choice for best heart rate monitoring fitness tracker has to be the Mio Fuse.
Read our full Mio Fuse Review
When the Mircosoft Band came out, it seemed to get a lot of reviews in the 6 to 8 out of 10 range with a lot of reviewers lamenting the device for bringing new ideas and technology to the table, yet just not functioning that well. Now that the device has been out for awhile, I think it has developed into a much better functioning fitness tracker, and it actually has a ton of functionality which is made all the more surprising considering the device’s low price. Features include sleep tracking, GPS, continuous heart rate monitoring, and it tracks all the basic stuff like steps, distance, calories, etc. They also have brought a lot of smart watch features to the MS Band, including phone notifications on your wrist for texts, calls, reminders, and even emails. The MS Band syncs with your calendar. The device also brings some new ideas to the fitness tracker market, including a UV and skin temperature sensor to monitor how much sun you are getting and body temperature. There also is a “virtual keyboard” so you can reply to texts quickly. This thing is just packed with cool tech and features.
Read our full Microsoft Band Review
Best Fitness Watch
Not quite a smartwatch, but much more than your basic fitness tracker, the FitBit Surge is our choice for best fitness watch. It has all the FitBit features, including the basic tracking stuff like steps, calories, distance, along with the advanced features of sleep monitoring and heart rate monitoring. What makes the FitBit Surge that step up from the Charge HR is that it has GPS and smart phone notifications. That added functionality comes at a price, and there is no denying the Surge is spendy. In fact, for around $100 more (at the time of writing) you could get an Apple Watch instead.
Read our FitBit Surge Review
Hopefully this article helped you figure out which fitness tracker might be best for you. If you still aren’t sure, don’t worry, we’ve got tons of reviews and resources to help you make an informed decision. Below are some resources to help you start your search for the fitness tracker that is best for you.
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